Thursday, 16 July 2015 13:13

Europe after and beyond Greece ....

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After a long period of volatility, austerity and unfulfilled promises and expectations – the last few weeks culminated in another empty status quo of unclear future, for both Greece and Europe. But in my view, despite the multiple crises we can see some positive developments in the make or break scenarios of the European Project. Such as bridging the gaps between its political extremes in the periphery, for instance Greece and Finland – I mean in Greece we have the left Mr. Tsipras and his government trying or rather pushed to accept the demands of the creditors and in Finland the right Mr. Soini (best known as the leader of the far-right populist Finns Party, the former “true” Finns) to keep a kind of constructive restrain on the subject, for instance by saying that “The ball now is at the hands of Greece, Kauppalehti 13.7.2015).

Well I hadn’t been able to follow the political development of Mr. Tsipras before the last Greek elections, but for Mr Soini (currently the foreign minister of Finland), such a stand sounds as a big step forward. For the readers not familiar with some prominent features and members of the Finns Party here some of its member’s quotations: http://truefinns.tumblr.com/. I might be too optimistic, but I wish to believe that the change of the tone of the leader shall reflect positively in the language and the behaviour of his followers and supporters.

On the political arena it is likely that the third bail-out for Greece will be approved, especially after Greece’s Parliament has done it, but I want to accent on one new for Europe phenomenon – the stand of the casual people across the Union. According to news flow broadcasted by Deutche Welle (DW) see the chart bellow:

Source: Deutche Welle

After the Eurozone leaders agreed on a deal on Greece the vast majority of tweets exchanged in the net and especially in Europe, accented on the fact that Greece was pressured to accept the creditor’s terms, beyond realism and national interests. I personally am not taking a side here about who is right and who is wrong in the Greece vs Creditors struggle, but want to stress on the wider view of the general public, which in its best scenario may result in the wider foundation of European Identity – something that the struggling European Project vastly lacks at the moment. Yes in financial terms Greece is a big troublemaker but the realistic solution of the problem made more and more ordinary people express their view about Greece, Europe and our future as a Union. In that way of thoughts, today in the very center of Helsinki I saw also ordinary Finnish people (see some pictures here) expressing their solidarity with, given the circumstances, the tough terms imposed on Greece and that is how people could get united beyond borders and political frames.

If you feel or think that I am wrong, please drop me a line – what makes you feel European?

Kind regards, Rosti

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